February 19, 2008


Seven Valley to toast five Hall of Fame newcomers

Seven Valley

The spotlight will shine on five new inductees when the second annual Seven Valley USBC Association Hall of Fame Dinner takes place on Saturday, March 8, at the Cortland Elks Club.
Mary Comfort, Jim Stockwin and Roger Allen will be inducted for their service to bowling locally, while Scott Becker and Gary Lansdowne will go into the Hall of Fame under the achievement category.
The event at the Elks Club gets underway at 7 p.m. Garry VanGorder, who was inducted a year ago when the newly formed Seven Valley USBC Association held its inaugural event, will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are available from any Seven Valley Board Member. For more information contact the association manager at the web-site: or by telephoning (607) 836-4323.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s Hall of Fame class:
Mary Comfort/Service: Comfort has a 45-year career in bowling which included participating in state and local tournaments, including taking several titles at New York State Grange events.
Now residing in Lincklean, Comfort was the secretary for the Thursday Nite Women’s League at Country Lanes in Cincinnatus for 25 years and a South Otselic couples league.
Jim Stockwin/Service: Playing a major role in the youth bowling program at Hi-Lanes in Homer, Stockwin has been a mentor, father figure, coach and friend to countless kids for the past 33 years.
Known as “Mr. Stockwin,” the Homer resident now has grandchildren in the junior program he helped develop and also continues bowling himself in a Saturday night mixed league. He is the founder of the annual No-Tap Tournament held each year on Super Bowl Sunday at Hi-Lanes.
Roger Allen/Service: Currently serving as the third vice-president for the Seven Valley USBC, Allen has been bowling in leagues for the past 23 years. He held several posts, from board of directors to president, in the Cortland Bowling Association that merged into the Seven Valley USBC and played a big role in that transition.
Allen also has been involved in youth bowling, having been an active coach at 281 Bowl in Cortland in Prep and Bantam Leagues for the past 21 years. Active in several leagues, he also competes regularly in state and local tournaments.
Scott Becker/Achievement: This proprietor at 281 Bowl, who began his career there in junior leagues when parents Jim and Ida Becker ran the place, carries a 223 average. He has won 10 titles in the city tournament, was a two-time Masters champion and a two-time winner of the 800/300 Tournament.
Over his stellar 40-year career, Cortland resident Becker has rolled a 300 game on 13 occasions, to go along with a trio of 299s and a pair of 298 games. He has a half dozen 800 series on his resume as well.
Gary Lansdowne/Achievement: After beginning his career 40 years ago in youth leagues at Recreation Alleys, current Seven Valley Board of Directors member Lansdowne also carries a 200-plus average while participating at Hi-Lanes and 281 Bowl. He has eight perfect 300 games to this credit, with a 799 high series during his career.
The son of former Hi-Lanes proprietor Dick Lansdowne, he also worked with youth bowlers in Homer for over 20 years and was named Coach of the Year. This resident of Lake Como served as president and secretary for numerous leagues at Hi-Lanes and also captured three CBA tournament titles in his career.




Pair of firsts for Homer’s McMahon

SYRACUSE — Homer Central’s Caitlin McMahon ran off with a pair of first places in the OHSL Freedom Division Indoor Track and Field Championships Monday night.
McMahon won both the 600-meter and 300-meter runs for the Trojans at Manley Field House at the Syracuse University campus.
She opened with a solid 1:45.36 clocking in the 600-meter run, which qualifies her for the Section 3 State Qualifier being held next Wednesday. McMahon surged to the lead from the start, held off a pair of challenges and run away from the competition on her third lap to win by 20 yards.
McMahon came from behind to capture the 300-meters, running a personal best 45.51. “At the halfway point Caitlin shifted into a higher gear and pulled away from everyone else in the race,” noted Trojans coach George Schneider of the victory.
Homer boys will be in the OHSL Liberty Division meet Wednesday back at Manley Field House.




Record 17th win for TC3

DRYDEN — The Tompkins Cortland CC basketball teams split with Corning Community College in their season home finales Monday night.
TC3 men earned their school-record 17th win of the season, jumping out to an 18-point first half lead behind some torrid 3-point shooting and going on to win 80-73.
To get the evening started, Corning CC pulled away in the second half to beat TC3 women 71-62.
TC3 80, Corning CC 73: The Panthers drained a total of nine 3-pointers in the first half, including three each from Owen Mann and Eddie Mitchell, against the top defensive team in the Mid-State Athletic Conference and led 48-30 at halftime.
The Red Barons pulled to within five with 2:47 left, but TC3 converted eight free throws down the stretch to clinch the win and improve to 6-5 in the league and 17-9 overall. The 2003-04 squad had held the school mark for wins in a season with 16.
Mitchell led the way with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, while Mann had another double-double with 18 points (three 3-pointers) and 10 rebounds. Adam Prue had 13 points and Sean Anderson a team-high eight assists.
Adam Smith took game honors with 23 points for Corning CC (5-6 league, 10-15 overall), while Rodney Bartholomew added 20 and Chip Northrup 12.
Corning CC 71, TC3 Women 62: A 10-point run by the Panthers, with all 10 points by Nicole Reid, gave them a 46-45 lead with 11:05 left in the game. They were able to increase the lead to three before Corning responded to regain control and held the lead the rest of the way.
There were six lead changed in the first half, which finished with the visitors up 34-26.
Jen Iler led TC3, now 1-10 league and 6-18 overall, with 22 points, including a handful of 3-pointers. Reid scored 20 points, including a 10-for-12 night from the foul line, and also had a team-high nine rebounds.
Jessica Leib scored 22 points for Corning (4-7 league, 9-17 overall), which also got 19 points from Kim Owings, 17 from Chastity Ramos and 10 from Patricia Guardi.
Both TC3 teams close out the regular season tonight at Onondaga CC.




Pee Wees head to states

The Cortland Flames Pee Wee Travel youth hockey team bounced back from an opening loss to win four games in a row and take second place in the Tier III Central Sectionals that it hosted over the weekend.
By taking the runner-up spot, Cortland advanced to the state tournament in Lake Placid in two weeks.
Valley beat the local squad 3-0 on Friday, while on Saturday Cortland beat Fulton 10-3 and Cicero 7-5. On Sunday Cortland downed Mohawk Valley 5-3 and Center State 6-2 to finish second. No summaries were reported from the contests.
Team members are Jordan Zehr, Alex Rosato, Drew Wojcinski, Dakota Baylor, Kyle Gibbons, Jordan Ennis, Jared Levine, Nick Burton, Devin MacHenry, Tristan Cooper, Zack Randall, Joel Potter, Matt Condit, Mike Levere, Danny Turck, Eustan DiIorio and Kyle Hirschfield.
The 19-Under team beat the Monroe County Eagles 19-Unders 6-2 as Cortland’s Janesa Cornish had two goals and an assist and Kaitlin MacLean from McGraw had an assist.
The 19-Unders beat Wheatfield 2-0 and 3-2 and lost 3-2 to the same team. Cornish had two goals and MacLean one in the three games, while Cortland’s Samantha Craig and Kendall Brug had an assist apiece.
Homer’s Annabelle Jones recorded the shutout in goal and Cornish scored a goal as the 16-Under squad beat the Geneva Bombers 19-Unders 8-0.
The 14-Unders lost to the Ithaca Bantam Snowbelt squad 5-3 as Ali pace from Cortland and Dryden’s Marissa Ramos scored a goal apiece. No local players got on the scoreboard in a 2-0 win over the Syracuse Stars 12-Under Tier 1 team.
Cortland lost at Lysander 2-1 as Mike Turck had the goal while P.J. Shager and Devin Baylor combined for 15 saves in goal.